Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:34 pm
I think it may be a lot more money in the US! From what I've read here in Canada, is that it will be about $3,000 or the entire 18 years. There is like a $1,500. Initial fee and then it is like $125. Per year. So much less of a financial investment/burden. And you can pay it all up front and get a discount.
I am in American living in Canada and the differences in healthcare costs are truly astounding! I've also worked at good jobs (at hospitals) and had great insurance in the US, but there was still always the costs of premiums, co-pays, deductibles, etc. It is so nice being here and not having to worry about any payment. And I am also reassured that any test or procedure I get is because the doctor knows it is important for my care, and that it doesn't have to be approved by a third party insurance company first.
I see the blood banking as a type of life insurance, we will donate it if we don't use it and that is good karma. I am also pretty sure that I would not go for it if it was $20,000 as the benefits and risks do not balance out.